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Pop Quiz: Creating a Deployment Image in Windows 7

Applies to the "Designing a Standard Image" objective of Exam 70-686: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

Q: A company's Windows 7 deployment team has built a reference desktop computer and needs to capture the installation and create a deployable image. Which tool can the deployment team use to capture the installation?

  1. WDS
  2. DISM
  3. Sysprep
  4. ImageX

Answer and explanation is below.

Answer is D: ImageX is a command-line tool that can be used to capture a Windows 7 installation from a reference computer, and that image can be deployed. ImageX /capture is used to capture a volume image to a new .wim file.

Quick Tip: ImageX can only be used to apply full versions of the operating system and software applications.


Bonus Question: Microsoft allows IT teams to deploy customized and branded copies of Internet Explorer--which tool can be used? (Tweet your answer with #pop686b and get a chance to win a rare MCPmag.com baseball cap! Deadline for entries is Monday, Dec. 10.)

Answer to bonus question from last time: ImageX is a Windows 7 deployment tool that can be used to capture, service, modify, and update images. It can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft Download center along with the Windows AIK (Automated Installation Kit).

About the Author

Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

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